Danone, Mérieux NutriSciences to partner on safety

5 Nov 2015

Danone and Mérieux NutriSciences have entered into a worldwide food safety partnership covering strategic fields for both companies. The partnership will run for an indefinite period.

Danone, Mérieux NutriSciences to partner on safety

Danone and Mérieux NutriSciences have entered into a worldwide food safety partnership covering strategic fields for both companies. The partnership will run for an indefinite period.

Food safety in the 21st century demands impeccable risk assessment and control throughout the product lifecycle, from design to consumption, said Danone, and is one of the foundations of Danone’s mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible. In order to meet and set the highest standards in every region where it operates, the company says it already deploys an extensive system of governance, including rigorous sourcing and manufacturing procedures, scientific tests on ingredients and finished products, and the consultation and support of international experts.

With almost 50 years of experience in food safety and quality, a global footprint of 80 laboratories in 20 countries, and a leadership position in its expertise areas, Danone believes that Mérieux NutriSciences is exceptionally well positioned to meet its evolving needs.. Mérieux NutriSciences has been providing support to Danone for decades.

Under the terms of the new and extended collaboration, Mérieux NutriSciences becomes what Danone describes as its privileged partner for routine food safety testing worldwide. In addition, said Danone, its research and food safety expert teams will provide expert support and services to better anticipate and manage specific or unexpected food safety situations. Mérieux NutriSciences' food safety and quality data management solution is also being adapted to meet what Danone says are its exceptionally demanding requirements.

“Our consumers rely on us to tolerate no compromise whatsoever when it comes to food safety, and we strive to bring the very highest level of scientific and management expertise to bear at all times,” said Emmanuel Faber, Chief Executive Officer of Danone. “At Danone, we already have world-class in-house expertise and management systems. But in such fast-changing fields, we are also keen to benefit from strong partnerships with top external experts wherever we operate. Which is why we are delighted to sign this agreement with Mérieux NutriSciences.”

“Mérieux NutriSciences is dedicated to supporting food companies in protecting consumers’ health, meeting the most advanced requirements expected by international food manufacturers and retailers,” said Philippe Sans, Chief Executive Officer of Mérieux NutriSciences. “We are very proud that our expertise is recognized by a company like Danone that is looking for the best possible food safety expertise and support on a global basis.”